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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
Feb. 24, 1995, V3, #38
All the News the Big Guys Missed
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Hi-Tech Project with U.S. Planned by Israeli Concerns
An advanced camera for use in nuclear medicine, a solar energy
device for gas turbines and improving fish breeds are the first
three projects to be undertaken by the joint Israel-U.S. Hi-Tech
The joint investment in these projects totals $24-million over the
next four years. In addition to both governments, companies on both
sides involved in the projects will also contribute to the
investment. General Electric and I.V. Products in the U.S. will be
participants in the nuclear medicine project, together with the
Israeli Nahal Soreq experimental reactor.
The biotechnological project for improving fish breeds will be
joined by maritime companies in the U.S., the Israeli Institute for
Maritime Research and the Biotechnological Center in Maryland.
Israeli Movie Success in Berlin.
The recent Israeli feature movie 'Sh'hur' was successfully shown at
the Berlin International Film Festival, after being seen in Israel by
more than 25,000 people in a little over a week. Arab movie and
press personalities praised the film, produced by Hanna
Azulay-Hasifri and Shmuel Hasifri, as did the director of the
festival. A Moroccan distributor showed interest in screening the
film, but later backed out because of political reasons.
Afforestation Plans Approved
For the first time in Israel's history, the National Council for
Planning Afforestation has approved an overall master-plan for the
country, which planning experts of the Jewish National Fund (JNF)
and the Ministry of the Interior and Land Administration assert
will give legal protection to forests in Israel and create green
belts around the country.
The plan embraces more than 1.5 million dunams [or 400,000 acres)
of existing forests, new forests and large areas of coastal
parkland. Much of the new afforestation will be in the Negev
desert, since much of central Israel no longer has free areas for
Israel to Resume Participation in Cairo International Fair
For the first time in nine years, Israel will participate in the
Cairo International Fair during the second half of March. The last
time an Israeli pavilion was set up there, in 1986, one of the
Israeli Embassy employees was assassinated as he left the site.
Some 30 Israeli companies dealing in agriculture, advanced
technology, building and clothing will be exhibiting their products
this year in Cairo. An Israeli diplomat said the importance is
emphasized by the widening of trade relations with Egypt in recent
months, with trade (excluding oil imports from Egypt) increasing
threefold in 1994. About 2,000 companies from 30 countries will
participate in the fair, expected to draw 1 million visitors.
U.S. Marines to Get Mini-Computer Monitors from Israel
U.S. Marines will soon be equipped with miniature moniters for
computers made by the Israeli company Tadiran Communications and
Systems. They can be operated with a pen or a keyboard and carried by
hand or in a uniform pocket. The deal is worth approximately
$1-million to the producing companies. Tadiran director Benny
Meidan said the transaction is a breakthrough and allows Tadiran
for the first time to sell its products directly to the U.S.Marine
Household Super-Computer On the Way in Israel
A computer with super power is being developed as a household
instrument by a team headed by Prof. Amnon Barak of Hebrew
University, Jerusalem. He says it answers all the needs of research
and development in the country, and cancels the need for the import
of expensive super-computers or industrial computers. Difficulties
have occurred trying to buy these in the U.S. The new instrument
will deploy parallel capabilities, enabling it to simultaneously
carry out assignments without any connection between them. Should
the computer being developed actually answer all the country's
needs, as its creators claim, it could become competitive with much
more expensive instruments produced abroad.
Arabic Administrative Diary Computer Program
An electronic diary for Arab directors and administrators has been
produced by an Israeli company, and is now being marketed in Israel
and some Arab countries. It is called "Genius" and made by Top
Technology. It includes an Arabic-English-French dictionary with
600,000 terms, a telephone directory, appointments listing,
calculator, tourist communication device, world clock, and a
program for computing values in different currencies and weights.
A Swiss company is marketing it in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, North
African countries and Gulf states.
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